UN World Conference on
Disaster Risk Reduction
2015 Sendai Japan

Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction,
March 17th, 2015, 9:00 – 12:00


Since the UNISPACE III held on July 19-30, 1999, the world has witnessed tremendous developments in different branches of space technology and its applications. Not merely those applications of space have expanded, but significantly, several more countries too have begun to participate in space endeavors and derive benefits from space technology, in particular with the affordable small satellite developments.

Successful efforts of UN, Government agencies, Corporations and NGO’s worldwide in the application of satellite technologies for the management of numerous disasters had notable outcomes in terms of saving human lives and resources. In particular, UNOOSA and UNSPIDER have been active in deploying disaster and environmental monitoring capabilities on satellites; however, there currently exists no global partnership to coordinate and organize all the disparate efforts – especially one that ensures the availability of these capabilities to otherwise underserved countries.

By creating common data and access standards across communities and by working together as one disaster response system of systems, agencies and emergency management teams can improve their level of preparedness before a natural disaster occurs. Such an approach also allows them to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their response during recovery and, by analyzing a combination of remotely sensed satellite and in-situ data, better mitigate natural hazard risks for the future.